9:45pm – Sunday, January 16 on 7TWO
In tonight’s episode: H V Morton was one of the most successful travel writers of all time and he was the first to write about touring in a motor car. In his two blockbuster books about Scotland. he covers hundreds of miles in his Bullnose Morris, but some of the real excitement of his writing lies in his excursions off-road, when he abandons his car to climb in the Cairngorms or the Isle of Skye.
Morton seems to celebrate the whole country, including its writers and its history. Alongside enthusiastic descriptions of mountains and lochs, he recalls the beautiful lilt of Gaelic speakers recounting historical tales and superstitions. But important things are missing from Morton’s depiction of Scotland. Can Nick make his own ‘Bullnose Morris’ journey and discover why Morton was so very selective in the things he chose to write about?